Hand wraps help protect the bones and tendons in your hands when training. They help support your wrist, thumb and protect the knuckles from being grazed/rubbed raw. To prevent injuries, always wrap your hands before training.
Proper tightness of hand wraps is important. Wraps should be tight enough to stay firmly in place, but not too tight, or they will hamper circulation. You should be able to form a correct fist, with the knuckles covered by the wrap. Wrapping takes practice. If your hand wraps do not feel right, do them again. It is important that your wrap protects the knuckles, wrist and thumb.
Hand wraps have a top and bottom. Some are clearly marked “This Side Down.” To ensure that the Velcro fastener is face up when finished. If you started with the wrong side down, just give the wrap a twist at the end of wrapping.
Hand wraps can be machine washed and dried, but put them in a sock wash bag to prevent tangling. Let wraps dry after a workout and then roll them before using them again. If you work out several times a week, use a couple of pairs.
For smaller hands, avoid wrapping too many times around the palm, because they will bunch up. You may need to include a couple figure 8’s and extra times around the wrist to take up the slack.
There are different ways to wrap hands. Some add extra protection to the knuckles, while others help keep the wraps from moving and loosening. Every fighter has their own individual style of wrapping, depending on where he or she wants the extra support, and what kind of wraps they are using.
Hand wraps additionally will soak up sweat when your hands are inside your boxing gloves and help keep your gloves clean and odour free.
- Take the thumb loop and place on your thumb, take the wrap over then under the wrist
- Wrap the wrist a couple of times.
- Wrap the knuckles a couple of times.
- Start with your index finger and wrap the finger, bring the wrap under the wrist and back to the base of the thumb. Repeat for each finger.
- Once you have wrapped each finger, loop around the thumb if you have enough wrap left and then use any excess up around the wrist.
- Putting on your hand wraps YouTube video showing a simple way to wrap your hands.